Agnew Meadows Area Trails

Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

High Trail - PCT AA09


The road to Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile is closed for the winter. Shuttle service and road access to Reds Meadow Valley usually begins the last week of June. Backpackers visiting this area in winter must be prepared to ski, snow shoe or hike into the valley.

ICE and SNOW ALERT- Mountain elevations in this area traditionally have ice and snow until late June or early July.

Permit Availability

Entrance Description

The High trail starts from the Agnew Meadows shuttle bus stop #1. Instead of crossing Agnew Meadow, the trail climbs partway up the east side of the canyon. There are magnificent views across the valley of the Minarets, Mount Ritter and Banner Peak as the trail contours along the slope to the headwaters of the San Joaquin River. Several trail junctions give options to travel to Summit Lake, Agnew Pass, Clark Lakes, or Badger Lakes. The High trail is also part of the Pacific Crest Trail. If you continue on the Pacific Crest Trail you will connect with the John Muir Trail near Thousand Island Lake.

Know Before You Go:


High Trail - PCT Area:

  • No campfires at Thousand Island Lake, Garnet, Ruby, Emerald Badger or Clark Lakes; and no campfires above 10,000 ft. look at USFS Webpage for campfire restriction maps.
  • Bear containers are required for storage of food and trash.
  • No Camping within 300 feet of the outflow of Thousand Island Lake or Garnet Lake.
  • All visitors to Reds Meadow Valley pay a transportation fee which allows use of the mandatory shuttle bus. Call Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center for more shuttle information. (760)924-5500.
  • Check the area map for the correct trail name. Trips going toward Shadow Creek or the River trail are a different reservation.
  • Ansel Adams Wilderness regulations apply.
  • Yosemite wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Park.
  • Deadline: Reservation will be canceled unless the permit pick up instructions are completed before the deadline. Instructions are in the confirmation letter.
  • Only the group leader or alternate leader may pick up the permit; the person picking up the permit must be going on the wilderness trip.
  • BE SURE YOUR DATES AND TRAIL ARE CORRECT - The entire group must start on the trail on the entry date listed. Reservations cannot be changed or transferred

USFS Webpage for: High Trail - PCT.


A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
W: Available at the Facility
R: Reserved
C: Closed
X: Not available
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